ok, they’re technically marionettes, not puppets. anyway, it opened in the us today. i saw a free preview on wednesday at the local theater.
as entertainment, i thought it was funny. i had pretty high expectations and was a little disappointed. i thought the south park movie was funnier, but i still really enjoyed team america. don’t want to get into the details in case i might spoil it for some of you.
anyway, the general story is that a group of clumsy gung-ho americans go around the world fighting terrorists. most of the time they inflict more collateral damage on bystanders than actual damage on the enemy. sound framiliar? needless to say, the americans win in the end.
what i find most interesting is the response of those who are against the war in iraq. reading the reviews, i wonder if some of these people saw the same movie. a lot of them say that the movie is non-political because it offends all sides equally. the problem is that all sides AREN’T treated equally. the heroes are the bumbling americans who win in the end. i’m a little amused that some reviews could call the movie an indictment on bush’s war on terrorism.
some on the left did read the same things in the movie that i did and there is scathing criticism from that end. some reviews from the leftist media like the village voice, sf cronicle, and bcc pan the movie outright for its message.
i think that this movie will have as much effect on the election as f9/11. it won’t change the minds of those on the other side, but it reinforce the views of those who support the war. unlike f9/11, there are also tons of reasons to see this outside the political realm. the technical merits of the movie are awesome. i was truly amazed at some of the stuff they were able to do with marionettes and the fake sets. and really, how many times are we going to be able to see raunchy puppet sex on the big screen?
i’m pretty sure that “america! fuck, yeah!” will become an anthem amongst our troops overseas.
dunno if it’s even slated to open in taiwan, though i wouldn’t be surprised if it’s banned from the middle east and korea. not gonna do very well in france, either. but i would be interested in the reactions of international movie goers to this particular flick.